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Pros: I got 2 of them for free because a friend had so many problems he didn't trust them anymore. (even if I could fix them)
Cons: These things came with flawed firmware on them (CC34). They were clicking like crazy and constantly losing connection.
Other Thoughts: You need to flash firmware CC35 onto these drives otherwise they were doing the click of death. Go to seagates website and download the ISO image and burn it to a disk. Boot to the disk and use it to upgrade the firmware to a tested version. I say "tested" because nobody could have truly tested these things at seagate given how obvious the problems were. Somebody needs a new guy in charge of the QA department. ;)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Has good chipsets on the board with room to grow. A great blade option for 1U virtualization if you understand what you're doing.
Cons: You'll want to get a real raid controller since this server is barebones. But the fan housing is too close for normal SATA connectors on the backplane. I had to dremmel out notches in the plastic grill over the fans to get standard connectors to fit without smashing the wires. They expect you to have low profile which I never seem to have for SAS setups.
Other Thoughts: Installed with xen 4.0 on debian 6.0 using Seagate constellation SAS drives via 3ware 9750-4i's and LVM. (define rootdelay=5 in grub to let the card initialize) But if you're going to do virtualization whether it be Xen, VMWare or whatever you need to understand that write caching for RAID configurations is extremely important. I don't know how many times I run into other IT guys who skimp on the card or don't understand what the battery backups are there for so they don't get it. Then they complain that its the hypervisor or the servers fault they don't know how RAID works or why write caching isn't enabled. Buy a real raid card just like you'd do from Dell, HP, whatever at an added price and also buy the cache battery / battery backup unit (BBU) so you can safely turn on write caching. (if you can be unsafe about it, depending on the card) If you do that you'll have a nice little 1U virtual server. Ours are running everything from windows 2k8 R2 HVM to RHEL and deb paravirt guests.READ FULL REVIEW